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Verdi: Aida [Box set]

Claudio Abbado, Domingo,placido/abbado,claudio Audio CD
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  • Performer: Katia Ricciarelli, Placido Domingo
  • Orchestra: Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (19 Oct 1983)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G4K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Verdi: Aida - PreludioOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Sì: corre voce che l'Etiope ardiscaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste AidaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Quale insolita gioiaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - "Vieni, o diletta, appressati"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Alta cagion v'adunaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Su! del Nilo al sacro lidoOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Ritorna vincitorOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Possente, possente FthàRomano Gandolfi 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Danza sacra del Sacerdotesse - Immenso Fthà - Mortal, diletto ai NumiOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - "Nume, custode e vindice"Romano Gandolfi 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausiRomano Gandolfi 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Danza di piccoli schiavi mori "Vieni: sul crin ti piovano"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funestaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Pietà ti prenda del mio dolor - Su! del Nilo sacre lido ... Numi, pietàOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - "Gloria all'Egitto"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Grand MarchOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Ballet MusicOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Vieni, o guerriero vindiceOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Salvator della patria, io ti salutoRomano Gandolfi 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Che veggo!...Egli?...Mio padre!Leo Nucci 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - Il dolor che in quel volto favella...Ma tu, o ReLeo Nucci 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Aida / Act 2 - O Re: pei sacri NumiOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - "O tu che sei d'Osiride ... Vieni d'Iside al tempio"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria miaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - "Ciel! mio padre! ... Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate"Leo Nucci 7:37£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - "Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida ... Nel fiero anelito"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - "Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti ... Là, tra foreste vergini"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 6:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - Ma dimmi; per qual viaLeo Nucci 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggiaOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - Già i Sacerdoti adunansiOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - Ohimè! morir mi sento!... Spirto del numeOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 7:56£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - A lui vivo la tomba... Sacerdoti: compiste un delitto!Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuseOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Aida / Act 4 - Immenso Fthà ... O terra, addioOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:20£0.79  Buy MP3 


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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a touch short of perfect 19 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly amazing set, exceptional in so many areas. Domingo has never sung Radames so well, his control and phrasing are excellent. Elena Obraztsova makes a different Amneris, but in a good way. Her fabulously deep voice is quite menacing but also has enough delicacy to make a convincing portrait of the more vulnerable side of the princess. Her power however allows her to be heard through the La Scala orchestra. The minor roles are taken by major stars, including Ruggero Raimondi as the King and Lucia Valentini Terrani as the High Priestess. The one drawback for me is Katia Ricciarelli as Aida. It's not the fact that Ricciarelli sings the role, it is the recording balance that seems to favour every other singer over her, so that she is often inaudible. She has such a beautifully sweet voice that she is in so many ways perfect for the role of the slave girl, and I suppose balancing away from her can be seen as symbolic of her status among the Pharoah and such, but it would be better if she could be heard better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU WANT AIDA GET THIS! 11 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of Verdis blockbusters is indeed Aida, written for the opening of the suez canal,
There are many many recordings of Aida, (including one written by Elton John), I would stick with Candle in the wind territory Elton!
This recording is perhaps the best I have heard, Domingo shines as Radames, and gives one of his best performances, with excellent support, great conducting, this recording is brilliant, and shines above anything else Ive heard so far.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but a Jewel Just the Same 15 Jun 2000
By Trent Clegg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Deutsche Grammophone's 1981 La Scala AIDA was one of the first digital recordings of Verdi's masterpiece. Led by Claudio Abbado, then reigning at Italy's premier opera house, it is a beautifully dramatic reading, proportionately well paced and, for the most part, well sung. At full price, it's hard to recommend it as a first choice, but anyone interested in this opera won't want to be without it.
In the men's and comprimario departments there isn't a weak link to be found. Domingo gives his best recorded account of Rhadames, with finer detail than in his previous outings with Leinsdorf and Muti but losing nothing of the power, molten tone and security he'd already displayed in the role. As for Leo Nucci, he isn't the best Amonasro I've heard, but there's nothing in his performance to complain about and much to admire. The Ramfis of Niccolai Ghiaurov has aged well and it's acutally this aging that gives his performance the edge over other recorded High Priests. It's the best version of the role to be found. Ruggero Raimondi's warm voice and commanding presence make a regal king of Egypt and it's a luxury to have him in a role usually reserved for less-distinguished singers. As for the smaller roles, Piero de Palma, always excellent, gives what would be his last recorded Messenger and Lucia Valentini-Terrani contributes an ethereal High Priestess.
It's the vocal performances of the two leading ladies that are this jewel's flaw. Katia Ricciarelli possessed a golden voice, good looks,and the ability to project the drama through the text. Her vocal technique on the other hand was less than masterful. One gets the sense that someone saw her potential, wanted to be the one who could claim discovery, and therefore she was put before the public prematurely, a kind of exploitation that became highly visible in the 1970's and 80's as star singers became older or retired with no one to replace them. There are many moments in this particular recording that Ricciarelli is reminiscent of Montserrat Caballe, though she is minus Caballe's vocal freedom. Ricciarelli almost cruelly pushes her voice and many high notes come out as desperate, pressured squalls, especially when a fortissimo is required. On the positive side, in the middle and lower registers, Ricciarelli's singing is tender and delicate, creating a believably vulnerable Aida, and her way of putting just the right emphasis on key words makes one ache for what might have been had this artist been allowed to develop in her own time.
For her part, mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova's Amneris has no problems cutting through the orchestra with her powerful, vinegary tone, although her method of vocal production gives her a disagreeably wide vibrato that at times obscures the pitch. There's nothing to carp about in her overtly dramatic performance, though I personally prefer the likes of Verrett, Simionato, and Cossotto. In the end, all of this is really a matter of taste, so there are most likely those who would have no objections to Obraztsova's performance.
Finally, the sound quality is everything you'd expect from a digital recording, clear and accurate, if somewhat sterile and occasionally congested. The aural staging is effective, and the orchestra and chorus perform well under Abbado's able, inspired direction. In short, this really would have been an unbeatable performance had Ricciarelli and Obraztsova been stronger. As it is, there is much to enjoy here, and for those already acquainted with AIDA and looking for a fresh take on the opera, this is a good recording to acquire, though it would be even more irresistable at a lower price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Teatro alla Scala 19 Nov 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Verdi: Aida / Abbado, Teatro alla Scala is a 1982 Deutsche Grammophon starring Placido Domingo and Katia Ricciarelli. Domingo is amazing in the role of Radames and Ricciarelli also does a great job in her role as Aida. Andrew Porter has written well-written and informative music notes. A synopsis is also included. All the lyrics are available in German, French, Italian and English. Claudio Abbado leads the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scalla. A very fine performance indeed. Highly recommended. 5/5.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beauty and strength! 9 Feb 2011
By vinokurov - Published on Amazon.com
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The advantage of this performance is the lack of vulgar melodrama. Music performed by masters of sufficient emotional and informative, and a pretentious actor playing performers often saddens me. Sobs and artificial laugh often looks silly. Here, it is not. A very powerful performance, I do not even proper to Abbado. Very clean execution that is peculiar to Abbado. Although this is only my humble opinion. Subjective and that I am delighted with Obraztsova. And it's not that I'm a Slav, not all Slavic voice I like, and I do not divide performers on racial grounds. I just love Obraztsova. However, Domingo and Ricciarelli too. Domingo - the love and honor, Obraztsova - really strong, powerful but spurned by a woman. Ricciarelli ... superficial, it is Tiny for which everything is decided by others. All the characters are transferred to a very convincing! When Aida performs Price - it's a lioness. It can be manipulated? She is naive and silly? ...But in the case Ricciarelli all in their places. I like it here even Nucci, though it is no longer law for me. Perhaps this is the best Aida for me, although I love and Leinsdorf-Price performance, but it's other virtues ...
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment from Abbado 8 Feb 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Claudio Abbado, who I believe was head of La Scala when this Aida was made, is capable of exciting Verdi readings, but this isn't one. I don't know if he was trying to make the score sound less like a warhorse by smoothing it out and reducing the melodrama, but Aida isn't a warhorse: it's a masterpiece. His staid tempos and underpowered climaxes frustrated me from beginning to end.

Not that there is any huge losss when it comes to the singing. Domingo was arguably more powerful in hhis two other studio recordings opposite Leontyne Price for RCA and Monserratt Caballe for EMI. Here he seems to have been subdued by Abbado's understated interpreatation. As Aida, Katia Ricciarelli is severely over-parted. She was a fill-in during a time when no credible dramatic sopranos were at ahdn, and therefore she landed roles like Tosca, Turandot, and this Aida that even close placement of the microphone can't boost enough. Her tone wobbles severely in climaxes, although I must admit that she tries to inject some dramatic fervor into her phrasing.

By contrast, Obrazova chews up the scenery as Amneris and has a clotted Slavic vocal tone that doesn't suit Verdi. The orhcestra nad chorus sound less than enthusiastic. In sum, a big disappointment and one of the least convincing Aidas ever to emerge from a major label.
4.0 out of 5 stars Recording perfect, condition slightly less 11 April 2014
By Kian Ing Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Seems packages from the US are faster here then EU packages from comparable sources. Good packaging outside. Quality of box was slightly less what was expected. The CDs them self have a sticky layer on the non playable side what is defenitely a minus. Maybe this was caused by the foam the disk inside the CD box were secured with. The disk played alright though. The box is hard to comeby and mostly expensive.

About the product otself.... A must have for any opera fan. Placido dont need praise. This recording is one of his best. The other singers are worldclass too.

So al-in-all four stars instead of five.
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